Posted July 30, 2012

Three soccer Olympians suspended for either recklessness or racism

Soccer

Soccer may be taking a break from play today at the London Olympics, but there is still plenty happening off the field. Players from three separate teams were suspended individually for separate incidents, either by FIFA or their own Olympic federation.

The name most familiar to USA fans will be Lady Andrade, the Colombian defender who delivered a sucker punch to the face of American striker Abby Wambach (shown here in GIF form courtesy SBNation). The referee in the match missed Andrade’s actions so no punishment was doled out at the time, so FIFA announced that they will suspend Andrade for the next two games in which Colombia takes part.

FIFA also announced that Moroccan defender Zakarya Bergdich will be suspended an additional game for a vicious kick to the knee of Honduras’ Mario Martinez. Bergdich received a red card in the game for his actions, and has already served the mandatory one-game suspension that comes with it. However, FIFA decided that Bergdich deserved an extra game on the sidelines.

Switzerland’s Michel Morganella faced the harshest punishment of the bunch. The AP reports that defender has been expelled from the Olympics by his own country after posting racist messages on Twitter against the South Korean people. Switzerland lost 2-1 to South Korea in yesterday’s action. Morganella’s account has since been deleted.